NORWICH – There was a time when local food was the only kind people ate – the product of fields, barns and backyards just a few miles or a hundred few feet away from their homes.
Today, the staples in most American diets are shipped in bulk over-the-road to supermarkets from hundreds and sometimes thousands of miles away.
There are, however, scores of quality and affordable products also being grown, raised and manufactured in Chenango County, members of the Chenango Agriculture Development Council say.
In an effort to re-introduce local food to local people, the council is ramping up its “Chenango Bounty: Farmers Market at Your Door” program, a home-delivery service that brings meats, produce, baked goods and other items from the county and region to consumer’s front doors.
“We don’t want or expect to be people’s only source of food,” said Phil Metzger, a Resource Conservation and Development Coordinator with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and one of the program’s organizers. “Our real focus is to introduce local food to people in Chenango County; to show them what is out there.”